Palm Beach Ficus Whitefly Control
Many homes in Palm Beach county are surrounded by ficus hedges. When properly maintained, ficus in the area are thick and beautiful, making them the perfect privacy hedge.
When whiteflies attack, they rapidly defoliate ficus hedges and remove the privacy you once had.
At Native Pest Management, we are ficus whitefly experts and believe that our proven method of controlling and preventing whitefly will eliminate whitefly on your ficus for good, guaranteed.
What Type of Whitefly Attack Ficus?
Currently, there are various species of whiteflies in Palm Beach and Broward counties, with all of the species falling into two major categories — B-biotype and Q-biotype.
Why are whiteflies such an issue here in South Florida? Compared with other pests that plague ornamental plants in the Palm Beach area, the whitefly is much more difficult to control. The primary reason is the large number of ficus and palm trees in the area that has provided an abundant food source for whiteflies.
Whiteflies are small, white insects that have moth-like wings. An adult female can grow to about 1/16th of an inch in length and can produce as many as 50-400 eggs in their lifetime.
Eggs and nymphs can be easily identified as they accumulate under the leaves of the ornamental plants around your Palm Beach area home or business.
Eggs will shift in color from light white to bluish-black as the pest is ready to hatch. Both the adults and newly-hatched whiteflies are known to feed on the nutrients from the underside of the leaf. The rapid loss of nutrients will cause ficus and other ornamental shrubs to quickly defoliate.
If your ornamental plants begin to show signs of stress, they could be under attack from whiteflies, so be sure to get in touch with us right away for our South Florida whitefly control services.
Ficus Whitefly Palm Beach
As a resident of Palm Beach County, you have seen the damage caused by the ficus whitefly. Throughout South Florida, ficus hedges have been decimated by this insect, turning what were intended to be nature’s privacy walls into see-through chain link fences. Whiteflies suck nutrients from plants which causes wilting, defoliation and branch dieback.
The good news is that your damaged hedges will very likely recover and thrive with a proper whitefly treatment program combined with our high quality fertilization program.
Following University of Florida treatment guidelines, we at Native Pest Management focus on preventing the ficus whitefly with a systemic product applied to the roots of your ficus trees and hedges.
Following this quarterly application, the insecticide is absorbed through transpiration into the plant material, eliminating the ability of whiteflies to feed on or lay eggs on the ficus leaves.
In addition to protecting your ficus from damage, our targeted treatment methods protect beneficial insects that prey on whiteflies, further enhancing the overall health of your landscape.
Palm Tree Whiteflies Palm Beach – Rugose Spiraling Whitefly
The easiest way to determine if you have whitefly on your palm trees or whitefly on your gumbo limbo trees is to walk outside and look on the underside of the palm fronds and plant leaves. If spiral whitefly is present, you will see a white, waxy material covering the fronds and leaves.
Since whiteflies produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, you may also notice the growth of black sooty mold on plants, concrete and vehicles underneath infested trees.
Honeydew is the preferred food source of ghost ants, often referred to as sugar ants. It is common for people with active whitefly on their property to also be seeing these ants in their homes.
If you have a pool, it may look like there is snow in the water and the pool may turn green as whiteflies and their honeydew secretions deplete the chlorine. If your pool is currently suffering from the effects of whiteflies, we recommend an immediate application of systemic insecticides to all host trees and plants in the area. Applying phosphate removal treatments to your pool will also help prevent discoloration from whiteflies.
Other common host trees and plants of whiteflies in Palm Beach and Broward Counties are areca palms, cocoplum, seagrapes, hibiscus, golden duranta, and live oak trees.
Because natural enemies are a critical component of long-term whitefly control, it is important to avoid the foliar spraying of insecticides as much as possible.
Contact Us For Palm Beach Whitefly Control
Have you noticed that your ficus hedges, palm trees, hibiscus or golden duranta are experiencing discoloration or dieback? Do you have plants on your property that are wilting with no known cause? If so, there may be whitefly present on your property.
Contact the best whitefly control company today at Native Pest Management to schedule a free inspection at your home or business.